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Application Period Opens For FY 2010 Assistance To Firefighter Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the opening of the application period for the 2010 Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) Program, which makes funds available to fire departments and other eligible organizations to reduce losses from fire and fire-related hazards.

The application period for awards under the AFG Grants Program opened today, April 26, 2010, at 8 a.m. EDT and closes on May 28, 2010 at 5 p.m. EDT.  The FY 2010 AFG Program guidance and application kit is available: www.firegrantsupport.com and at www.usfa.fema.gov.  Actual awards will be made at a later date.

The primary goal of the program is to help fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical services (EMS) organizations meet their firefighting and emergency response needs.  AFG projects focus on providing financial assistance directly to fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations to enhance their response capabilities with respect to fire and fire-related hazards, and to protect the health and safety of the public. 

The grants enable local fire departments and EMS organizations to purchase or receive training, conduct first responder health and safety programs, and buy equipment and response vehicles.  AFG also supports regional projects in which multiple organizations serving more than one local jurisdiction benefit directly from activities implemented with grant funds. 

Since FY 2001, and including FY 2009 AFG grants to date, almost $4.1 billion in AFG funding has been distributed to fire departments and first responder organizations to purchase response equipment, personal protective equipment, vehicles and fire prevention activities.

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FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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